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Sunday, March 7, 1999 Published at 16:18 GMT


World: Europe

Chernobyl reopens


Reports from Ukraine say the Chernobyl nuclear power station has reopened, three months after it was shut down for repairs and safety checks.

Only one of its reactors remains operational, thirteen years after the explosion which caused the world's worst nuclear disaster sending a radioactive cloud across much of Europe.

The decision to restart the nuclear plant has been criticised by the West, which says that agreed safety measures have not been put in place.

The Ukrainian authorities say they'll shut Chernobyl down for good by next year.

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